CIS Tax Refunds

From groundworkers and joiners to builders and plumbers, UK construction workers in the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) can claim tax rebates. It’s important to do it, too. An average CIS tax rebate claim with RIFT comes to £2,245. We can even take care of filing your CIS Self Assessment tax returns as well, with no hidden charges or hourly rates and all aftercare included.

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''RIFT were fantastic, especially after the last people who were doing it for me ended up getting me fined £600 because they weren’t sending off my information when they said they were, lost my documents and HMRC classed it as my fault. RIFT helped me right out.'' Scott Whitelock, self-employed contractor

Construction Industry Scheme

What is CIS?

The CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) covers most types of construction work done in the UK, including things like site preparation, repairs, decoration and demolition. Most kinds of general contractors need to resister for CIS.

The Construction Industry Scheme is a set of rules for construction contractors explaining how to pay their subcontractors. When they pay a subcontractor, they take a cut of their money and send it straight to HMRC / the taxman, which goes towards the worker's Tax and National Insurance Constributions. Right now, the rate of CIS tax is 20%.

CIS Tax Rebates

What costs can my CIS tax rebate cover?

A CIS tax refund can put cash back in your pocket whenever you’ve spent your own money just to do your job. Usually, it does this by bringing down the amount of your income that you’re being taxed on. These costs can include:

  • Travel costs, being either mileage expenses using your own vehicle or through use of public transport.
  • Meals while you’re working or on the road.
  • Accommodation if you need to stop overnight while travelling.
  • Parking fees and tolls you have to pay yourself.
  • Upkeep and replacement of any essential tools or protective equipment.
  • Public liability insurance and fees to professional bodies, where they’re needed for your work.
  • Home office bills like phone use, postage and stationery.

When RIFT’s experts look into your claim, we’ll pinpoint all the expenses that qualify for tax relief. That means you’ll never get tripped up by a confusing rule or find yourself claiming too little (or worse, too much. HMRC enquiries are never fun).

Sadly, there are some unscrupulous tax refund advisers out there taking advantage of CIS workers. Check our blog on how to spot a CIS Refund Scam to keep yourself, and your cash, safe from the scam artists.

CIS Tax Back

Your £2,245 tax refund is waiting - so why are you?

RIFT Tax Refunds do all the hard work, you enjoy the rewards!

  • 2/3rds of tradespeople are missing out
  • £300 million goes unclaimed each year
  • RIFT have helped around 60,000 tradespeople get back what they're owed

RIFT is the UK's leading expert in CIS tax and builder's expenses. If it takes a whole vanload of out-of-pocket expenses to do your job, let us put the cash back in your hands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about working under the Construction CIS scheme.

Why use RIFT Refunds

You will benefit from

RIFT guarantee

If HMRC wants your refund back, we cover it.

No hidden costs

It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim.

Outstanding service

Rated by Institute of Customer Service.

All aftercare included

Free tax advice throughout the year.

Specialist Team

Meet our Construction Reps

Our Reps cover over 3,000 miles a month travelling all over England, Scotland and Wales to help construction workers like you claim tax back. They can meet you whenever and wherever suits - at home, at work or even in the pub!

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RIFT Guarantee

Our guarantee means you'll never lose a penny

When you claim your construction tax rebate with RIFT, our unique RIFT Guarantee means you never have to worry about the taxman reclaiming any of your money. So long as you give us full and accurate information, if HMRC disagrees with the amount we’ve claimed and asks for the money back, we’ll pay it. It won’t cost you a penny.

RIFT Guarantee

Refer a Friend

Extra cash for you and your mates

Help your mates get their tax refund and get extra cash in your own pocket! 

At RIFT, we love it when happy clients tell their friends about us. We love it so much that we’re rewarding you for doing it!

We'll give you £50 for every friend you refer (T&Cs apply) that claims with us, plus we'll give you a £150 bonus when 5 people claim with us.

Simply tell us about your friend using our Refer a Friend form and we’ll get in touch to let them know you think they might have a claim.

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Need more help?

Wondering if you can claim a tax refund or need to submit a tax return? Use our online tools to find out if you're owed money by HMRC.

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